PICTURES: Latest Aquarena designs revealed

First pictures of the latest plans to redevelop Worthing's Aquarena have been revealed at a public exhibition today (Tuesday, August 2).

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 3:31 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:07 am
Latest plans to redevelop Worthing's Aquarena, designed by architect Allies and Morrison SUS-160208-111527001

Roffey Homes’ latest scheme, incorporating feedback from a previous consultation in March, is on show at the Chatsworth Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, until 7pm.

Today’s event highlights tweaks to the £35million plans since the last consultation.

Three times more public space is planned, including a ‘large seafront square’ and café, while the scale of the plans on Brighton Road and Merton Road has been reduced.

Latest plans to redevelop Worthing's Aquarena, designed by architect Allies and Morrison SUS-160208-111543001

Roffey managing director Ben Cheal said: “We’ve listened to what people had to say at the concept stage and look forward to presenting our refined design.

“As a local business, we want to create a scheme that we feel is ‘of Worthing’, incorporating the roots of our town and the history of Sussex alongside a positive statement that looks to its future.”

Plans for the Aquarena were amended after Roffey’s initial scheme, which included a 21-storey tower block, were rejected by Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee in September.

New architects were appointed and a fresh design was put forward in March.

Reaction to Allies and Morrison’s concept was mixed, with one resident comparing the landmark tower block to a ‘slab of pancakes’. Click here for more.

The tower has been reduced to 15 storeys, with architects describing the design as ‘latern-like’ with a ‘translucent surface’.

The latest plans include provision for 143 homes and 226 parking spaces, including 50 public spaces.

A total of 30 per cent affordable housing will be delivered on site, which Mr Cheal said amounted to more than double the number of similar units delivered across the whole of Worthing last year.

Commercial units fronting Brighton Road have also been put proposed.

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